Mummy of Pacheri

Mummy of Pacheri

It is the mummy of a man about 1.65 meter tall, who lived during the Ptolemaic period. We call him the mummy of Pacheri, although the reading of the name remains problematic. The quality of its embalming, as well as the state of conservation make it a specimen noticeable and worthy of notice.

The mummy is a perfect example for anyone wanting to understand the technique of embalming, and that is probably why it attracts such fascination from visitors. What adds to the charm of this mummy, is also its location in the museum. Indeed, located in a small niche at the back of the large sarcophagi room, at the top of the so-called Osiris crypt, the mummy is only visible in a certain dim light and remains well hidden, isolated from other artifacts, as if rest was a necessity for it in such a busy museum.

Numerous tourists, therefore, unaware of its proximity, asked where it is located. In room fifteen. Pacheri is very much unique. Its conservation and display at the Louvre make him an uncontested star of the Egyptian collections in France.

Tutankhamun Headrest An ivory headrest w…

Tutankhamun Headrest

An ivory headrest with the god Shu holding the sky above his head.

The two lions symbolize the mountains on the eastern and western horizons, between which the sun rose and set. The headrest was designed to support the pharaoh’s head between the two horizons as he traveled through the afterlife. 

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62020

Gold Mask of Psusennes I

Gold Mask of Psusennes I

In this gold mask mummy cover, Psusennes I appears with the royal headdress surmounted by the uraeus, or royal cobra. He wears a divine plaited false beard.

The mask is made of two pieces of beaten gold, soldered and joined together by five nails that can be seen from the back. The king wears the royal nemes headdress, usually made of linen, surmounted by the sacred uraeus, the royal cobra. This protected the king against his opponents and enemies in life and after death.

The king wears a divine plaited false beard, which is the symbol of dignity. He also wears a broad usekh collar incised with floral decorations. The inlays of the eyelids and eyebrows and the straps fixing the beard are of glass paste. The eyes are made of black and white stone.

Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, reign of Psusennes I, ca. 1047-1001 BC. From tomb NRT III, Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 85913

Photo: Sandro Vannini

Pyramids of Giza Space View, 2019  The pyra…

Pyramids of Giza Space View, 2019 

The pyramids of Giza, in the center of the image, seen from the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2019. Pyramids at Giza, are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 60 crew member on the International Space Station. 

The Great Pyramids at Giza (center) are the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and are perhaps the most famous of the ancient monuments in the Nile River Delta region of Egypt.

Gold Mask of Tutankhamun

Gold Mask of Tutankhamun

This gold death mask of Tutankhamun is an example of the highest artistic and technical achievements of the ancient Egyptians in the New Kingdom.

Covering the head of the wrapped mummy in its coffin and activated by a magical spell, no.151b from the Book of the Dead, the mask ensured more protection for the king’s body. The exact portrayal of the king’s facial features achieved here made it possible for his soul to recognize him and return to his mummified body, thus ensuring his resurrection.

The head is covered by the royal headdress and the forehead bears the emblems of kingship and protection: the vulture and uraeus, or cobra. The gold sheets used in this wonderful mask are joined together by heating and hammering. The eyes are of obsidian and quartz and the eyebrows and eyelids are inlaid with lapis lazuli. The broad inlaid collar of semiprecious stones and colored glass ends in falcon heads.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 60672

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